To better manage taxpayers’ dollars, cities need to encourage city staff to apply their skills to projects. This will reduce the cost of too much reliance on external consultants. LaborPress.org reports that “There’s a time and a place for outsourcing projects, but it seems that time and time again, we’ve seen that using consultants drives the price up and the quality down.”
In the Ottawa Sun, City of Ottawa Councillor Peter Clark recently stated there is a tendency for external consultants to duplicate work done by city staff, or vice versa.
The words effective and efficient are spoken frequently, but they most also be put into action when it comes to managing taxpayers’ dollars.